(Greek: Γιάννης Αναστασάκης)
July 24, 1933
Chania, Crete, Greece
|Alma mater||Pennsylvania State University|
John Anthony Aniston (born Giannis Anastasakis; Greek: Γιάννης Αναστασάκης; July 24, 1933) is a Greek-American actor. He is best known for his role as Victor Kiriakis on the NBC daytime drama Days of Our Lives, which he originated in July 1985 and has played continually since then. He is the father of actress Jennifer Aniston.
Aniston was born Giannis Anastasakis (Greek: Γιάννης Αναστασάκης) in Chania on the island of Crete, Greece, the son of Stella Joanne (October 1, 1899 — November 7, 1992) and Antonios Anastasakis (January 17, 1889 — May, 1965). His father anglicized his name when he immigrated to the United States when Aniston was two, and his parents opened a restaurant in Chester, Pennsylvania.
He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor's degree in Theater Arts. While at Penn State, he became a member of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity. After college, he served in the United States Navy as an intelligence officer on active duty in Panama and later in the reserve, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
John has a daughter, actress Jennifer Aniston (born February 11, 1969), with his first wife, Nancy Dow, and also has a son, Alexander, with his second wife, Sherry Rooney Aniston (whom he met while they worked on Love of Life, in which she played attorney Dory Patten who was in love with his character, Eddie Aleata). His daughter Jennifer's godfather was actor Telly Savalas, one of his best friends.
He has appeared in soap operas regularly since 1969, when he first joined Days of Our Lives as a character named Eric Richards, which he played until 1970. In 1975, he joined the cast of Love of Life as Eddie Aleata. In November 1978, he left Love and began playing Mary Stuart's new love interest, Martin Tourneur, on Search for Tomorrow in February 1979. He played that role until April 1984. He returned to the cast of Days of Our Lives a second time this time as Victor Kiriakis in July 1985 and continues to play the role.
He also played a small role on the television series Gilmore Girls. Aniston made guest appearances on Airwolf (Season 2), Combat!, My Big Fat Greek Life, Star Trek: Voyager, Mission: Impossible, American Dreams (with Days co-star Frances Reid), Journeyman, and Mad Men.
|1975–1978||Love of Life||Eddie Aleata||Roy Winsor||TV Series|
|1962||87th Precinct||Officer #1||Evan Hunter||TV Series (1 Episode : "New Man in the Precinct")|
|1963||Love with the Proper Stranger||Birdman of Macy's||Robert Mulligan|
|1964||Combat!||Greek #2||TV Series (1 Episode : "Vendetta")|
|1967||I Spy||Economides||TV Series (1 Episode : "The Beautiful Children")|
|Accidental Family||TV Series (1 Episode : "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Playground")|
|1968||The Shakiest Gun in the West||Indian||Alan Rafkin|
|The Virginian||Frank West||TV Series (1 Episode : "Ride to Misadventure")|
|Now You See It, Now You Don't||Achmed||Don Weis||TV Movie|
|1969||Mission: Impossible||First IMF Captain||Bruce Geller||TV Series (1 Episode : "Time Bomb")|
|1970||That Girl||Phil Harvey||Sam Denoff
|TV Series (1 Episode : "Stop the Presses I Want to Get Off")|
|1974||Kojak||Webster / Dancik||Abby Mann||TV Series (2 Episodes)|
|1979–1984||Search for Tomorrow||Martin Tourneur||Agnes Nixon
|TV Series (Episode #1.8556)|
|1985||Airwolf||Colonel Arturo Alzar||Donald P. Bellisario||TV Series (1 Episode : "Short Walk to Freedom")|
|1985–present||Days of Our Lives||Victor Kiriakis||Ted Corday
|TV Series (1896 Episodes)|
|1993||Night Sins||Victor Kiriakis||Stephen Wyman||TV Movie|
|1997||Diagnosis Murder||Carlton Everest||Joyce Burditt||TV Series (1 Episode : "Must Kill TV")|
|Fired Up||Gordon||Paul Slansky
|TV Series (1 Episode : "Honey, I Shrunk the Turkey")|
|1999||L.A. Heat||Alex Zota||Joseph Merhi
|TV Series (1 Episode : "Faces of Fear")|
|2001||Star Trek: Voyager||Quarren Ambassador||Rick Berman
|TV Series (2 Episodes)|
|2002||The West Wing||Alexander Thompson||Aaron Sorkin||TV Series (2 Episodes)|
|Gilmore Girls||Douglas Swope||Amy Sherman-Palladino||TV Series (1 Episode : "A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving")|
|2003||My Big Fat Greek Life||Constantine Christakos||TV Series (1 Episode : "Greek Easter")|
|2004||American Dreams||John Victor||Jonathan Prince||TV Series (1 Episode : "Old Enough to Fight")|
|2007||Order Up||Wise Man||Neil A. Stelzner||Short|
|Sands of Oblivion||Nigel Barrington||David Flores||TV Movie|
|Journeyman||Merrit Ambaucher||Kevin Falls||TV Series (1 Episode : "Home by Another Way")|
|2008||The Awakening of Spring||Mr. Gable||Arthur Allan Seidelman|
|Worst Week||Jim||TV Series (1 Episode : "The Wedding")|
|Fixing Rhonda||Detective Macomas||James Biberi
|2009||The Gold & the Beautiful||Gerard Benedict||Jack Serino|
|Cold Case||Herbert 'Wolf' James '09||Meredith Stiehm||TV Series (1 Episode : "WASP")|
|2010||Mad Men||Wallace Harriman||Matthew Weiner||TV Series (1 Episode : "Waldorf Stories")|
|2011||The Paul Reiser Show||Harold Melon||Paul Reiser||TV Series (1 Episode : "The Old Guy")|
|2014||Return to Zero||Ned||Sean Hanish|
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- "Profile of John Aniston". About.com. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
- "Jennifer Aniston Biography". People. Retrieved May 21, 2008.
- "John Aniston on Mad Men". YouTube. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
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